by Roger L. Simon
The Reuters headline said it all: “Argentina elects ‘shock therapy’ libertarian Javier Milei as president.”
The rote ideologues at CNN corrected that, tagging the highly educated libertarian Milei as simply “far-right,” the better to smear him with.
The Washington Post—that gang that trumpeted non-existent Trump–Russia collusion for years—huffed the new president had “no governing experience,” which many would think is a feature, not a bug.
Actually, Argentina’s new president is a 53-year-old economist, a proponent of the Austrian School of economics with its emphasis on individual freedom, a professor for 21 years, a radio and TV personality, and the author of several books.
His political views are about as purely libertarian as have been found in any national leader in some time.
Conservative candidates here tell us they want to do away with the Department of Education and a couple of other government agencies.
The man is anything but politically correct and cannot stand the left, often using “blue” language not employed here at The Epoch Times to excoriate them.
I immediately noticed Mr. Milei was no old-fashioned “square” right-winger in the Mitch McConnell mold, but—a one-time rock musician—looked and talked like those hipper types we used to associate with the left.
Not any longer. Which leads to the Donald Trump part of this column.
Joe Rogan called them the “right-wing avengers.”
He probably had other things to do, but they should have brought Javier Milei along with them to the fight.
There’s no question his victory augurs well for Mr. Trump. It’s more positive zeit in the zeitgeist. It’s the masses, the common man and woman, saying they are fed up with those known fallaciously as “elites.”
It’s also an indication of the flip I have been watching over the years.
What’s cool is no longer on the left. It’s on the right. The left is what we most reviled when I was young—conformists.
Less government is hip. More government is square. In fact, it’s cubed, as we used to say.
Woke is asleep, as we all know, but it’s worse. It’s more like the useless half-broken gizmos from China you have to send back to Amazon.
Woke means more government in spades. It fuses government and the academy into a mega-government of rules, regulations, and absurd ethical pronouncements about which identity group is the biggest victim, as long as it’s not Jews.
It’s Marxist tattle-tale-ism gone berserk. You’re always misappropriating something. Put that margarita down. Pizza belongs to the Italians. I’m going to report you to the DEI director.
Trump, Carlson, Kid Rock, and Javier Milei are the future.
Mr. Milei has shown that victory can be ours.
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First published in the Epoch Times.